HOUSING TASK FORCE ‘WRAPPING UP’ — A 20-member task force charged with reimagining a crucial piece of Chicago’s affordable housing policy is set to issue its final recommendations in the coming weeks, housing department Comm. Marisa Novara said Friday. Speaking during a virtual panel event hosted by the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group, Novara said Covid-19 forced the department to “push the timeline back a bit” for monthly meetings of the city’s Inclusionary Zoning Task Force, a diverse group of housing organizers and real estate professionals who were convened by city officials last fall to brainstorm changes to the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance. “But we are wrapping up this month in terms of task force recommendations, and we hope to have a new or revised ordinance in the fall,” Novara said. Also participating in the panel was Department of Planning and Development Comm. Maurice Cox, who said his department plans to issue Requests For Proposals in August for the 12 South and West Side commercial corridors targeted in the city’s INVEST South/West initiative. The corridors were hit hard by looting earlier this month, Cox said. (Alex Nitkin)

INDOOR DINING OPENING — Chicagoans can once again dine and drink indoors starting Friday. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that businesses can open indoor service “under limited capacity” and with social distancing restrictions in place. “Like all Chicagoans, I am personally excited to see them take these new, cautious steps towards safely reopening, and commend their collaboration throughout this unprecedented crisis,” Lightfoot said in a statement. Restaurants and bars are only allowed a maximum capacity of 50 people per room or floor. Tables need to be spaced six feet apart. Only 10 people are fewer per table is allowed. If you’re at a bar, don’t expect to linger. Liquor sales at bars that don’t serve food are cut off after two hours per party. Cut-off for liquor is 11 p.m. For more guidelines, visit here. The city is hosting webinars twice Monday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., to give bar owners and restauranteurs a full overview. To register, visit here. (Mark Guarino)

PPE IN CITY CABS — Chicago cabbies can now purchase PPE to operate safely in Chicago. The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection launched a new program Friday to reimburse taxi drivers $200 per taxicab per year for face coverings, gloves, disinfecting products, partitions, and other supplies needed for appropriate Covid-19 safety. “Chicago’s taxi industry is a critical component in the City’s efforts to provide more accessible transportation options for people with disabilities,” said Laurie Dittman, acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities. To be eligible, taxicabs must be in good standing with the PACE Taxi Access Program (TAP), through which paratransit customers travel via taxicab at reduced rates for trips originating within the City of Chicago. to apply visit here. (Guarino)